Owl Never Forget You

November 26th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

aimie-3Happy Days!

The last time I posted something was a little over a year ago. Man has it been a while since I last felt the need to write anything down. A lot has happened in the past year, and perhaps one day I’ll sit down and properly think things through, and put my thoughts down.

Right now, though, I’m just going to do a little recap of what happened today. It was a day that the both of us have been looking forward to for a while.

It all began with Aimie wanting a camera, because she was impressed with her colleague’s EOS M. She talked about it incessantly, and I thought to myself, “Okay, why don’t I just get it for her?”.

And so I did. I went and did some research, and seeing as she needs nothing more than a basic little compact camera that supports interchangeable lenses (of which I have quite a few), I decided on an EOS M10.

m10-1Canon EOS M10 + EF-M 15-45 f/3.5-6.3

It’s a nice little baby camera, not much in terms of “Professional” features, but more than good enough to get the job done. Plus, if she wanted to “upgrade” her camera, I had an arsenal of cameras to choose from anyway. Well, not really an arsenal, but a 5D Mark 3, 2 Panasonic GH4s, and a G7x Mark 2 does seem like more than enough to choose from.

m10-2Rear tilting LCD

m10-3Canon EOS M10 + EF-M 15-45 f/3.5-6.3 + EF to M Adapter + EF 50 f/1.8

So armed with her new camera, we were both itching to go and take some photos. It’s been a while since I felt the urge to go out and take photos, and fuelled by her enthusiasm, we decided to take some time and go on an outing. After some discussing and research, we decided on the National Zoo (a place that we have never been to together).

Saturday started bright and early (not really, we actually left the house at 11 am) and after packing our cameras (Aimie brought her M10 + Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 + 50 f/1.8, and I brought my 5D Mark 3 + 24-70 f/2.8 L + 70-200 f/4 L IS) we headed to the zoo with much enthusiasm and gusto. The journey was uneventful, save from some singalong moments we had in the car, courtesy of Spotify’s 90s playlists.

Once we got there and found our parking spot, we walked over to the ticketing counter where we got our first surprise. One adult ticket was RM44, which was a lot more than I could remember paying. I’m not saying it’s expensive, but I wasn’t expecting to pay more than RM50 for the both of us. We didn’t mind the price, though, seeing as how our zoo really needs the money to be fully functional. Plus, how often do we go to the zoo?

zoo-tagWe got wristbands! Macam music festival je

aimie-6Aimie in front of the zoo entrance

Once we got in, it was walking and stopping, for close to three hours (!) Who would’ve thought we’d spend that much time in a zoo. In all fairness, the zoo was pretty decent, and there were quite a fair few things and animals to look at and learn about.

animal-1I can’t remember what these are, but they looked cool

kerbau-1Buffalo Soldier

owl-1Owlando Bloom

owl-2Owl be watching you

tiger-1A little on the thin side, eh?

aimie-5Aimie with her M10 + 70-200 f/4 L IS

What would this post be without some photos Aimie took with her M10? Most of the shots are done using the M10 + 70-200 f/4 L IS, though she swapped to the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 and the Canon 50 f/1.8 later on

croc-aimieAir yang tenang jangan disangka tiada buaya

bear-aimieNot Winnie the Pooh

ea-aimieYours truly

After walking for some time, we came across the panda conservatory (which was mispronounced by the dude who was taking care of it – he said panda conversation centre HAHAHA). So Malaysia has two pandas, a male and female, which were kept in quite a cool place (literally). Air-conditioned and large, it was quite a nice sight to see.

panda-2Part of the Panda Conservation Centre

panda-1Our two Pandas! Doing what we all do best – sleeping

The only sad bit of the exhibit were the children (or the parents who couldn’t control them) who were noisy, despite being told by the man in charge to keep quiet so that the pandas aren’t disturbed. They even had staff holding up signs to be quiet, but these poor souls went largely unnoticed. Ah well.

After the panda exhibit, we came upon the highlight of our trip (well at least for Aimie it was) which was the butterfly enclosure. This was the last leg of our journey in the zoo, and it was a very fun ending to what was a very good outing.

butterfly-1The only picture of a butterfly I took

butterfly-aimieOne of the many butterfly pictures Aimie took

butterfly-2Aimie found a new friend

aimie-4Who decided to make a home on her forehead

After quite an enjoyable time in the butterfly enclosure, we decided it was about time to head off, as we were both hungry and somewhat tired from all that walking in the sun. Plus, it was our first weekend together without any other commitments, and we were adamant that we made the most of it. So we bid our farewells to the zoo, and headed home (not really, we went to Kayu Nasi Kandar to have lunch first, before heading home.

So that was my Saturday. A pretty fun and fulfilling one. But the day isn’t over yet. I’ve got some work to do after this, so I’ll stop writing for now.

Until next time. Owl be back!

Always Pushing Up the Hill Searching For the Thrill of it

November 1st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s been a while since I updated this place.
Anyway, here’s a nice one: I’ve finally gotten a car, and I’m glad I bought her.

IMG_7585The day I finally bought my own car

Scirocco 4Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TSI

I was torn between this and a Golf GTI mk6, but eventually made up my mind to get this instead, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s sportier looking, more aggressive, and feels just so good to drive.

Coming from a Hyundai Getz and a Kia Forte, I have to say this car really blew me away when I first drove it. Took some time for me to get used to the power and stuff, but having owned it for around 4 months now, I have to say that I’m pretty comfortable with her already.

BBS SR18″ BBS SR + Potenza RE070

Of course, I couldn’t just leave it stock. First thing I wanted to do was change the rims from the turbine ones to something fancier, and decided to go for some BBS SR rims which I found for a decent price, and also includes tyres (Potenza RE070).

I also painted the ears (side mirrors) black, as well as changed the VW logos on the front and back to black, to break the monotony of white, and I feel it really adds a lot of character to what is alread a special car.

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Scirocco 2Open up wide

Scirocco 3Just look at that ass!

So yeah, this has so far been my biggest purchase, and is definitely a milestone for me. Here’s to hoping it’s just the beginning of many great things to come in the future.

I Just Want to be Free

July 19th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

I don’t want anything else. I need my family, that’s it.

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Enough

May 17th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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How do you know when you’ve had enough? Enough of everything that has ever happened to you? How do you know when to call it quits, and leave everything behind to start something new? Life brings very little joy to me now. I cannot enjoy my days, and live the way I usually do anymore.

I find it hard to smile without having a flicker of doubt or a negative emotion creep up at the back of my mind. I find it hard to laugh without stopping to think if I really am happy, or that I am putting up a front for people to see, to hide how I feel. I find that I put on a mask every single day to hide behind, so that life continues to be normal to every person around me.

I’m getting very tired of this. I’m getting very tired of the emotional, mental, physical roller coaster that I go through day in and day out, and the worst part is the predictability of it all. I’m getting tired of seeing things that are both within and not within my control dictate the way I must behave around people, and that I have to take into consideration the feelings of others before my own. I have to please everyone, yet at the same time I rarely do anything for myself, and I’m beginning to wonder why this selflessness came about, how it manifested in me, and how is it controlling me so strongly that I can hardly, if at all, say anything against the wishes of others when it concerns my happiness.

Every thing that I have experienced within the past few years, bad or good, has always been from my own doing. I had control over everything that I went through, yet at the same time I have none. The game of life for me has almost run it’s course in interesting me enough for me to still want to play it. I don’t want this anymore. I want to pack up, go away, and not come back. Home is where the heart is, but what if my heart is no longer in the right place? I’ll never forget home, and I’ll always be thankful for it, but at this moment, I just want to leave it. Leave everything, and everyone, behind. And not look back.

I’m tired of looking back.

Love Your Curves and All Your Edges

December 29th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

All your perfect imperfections

John Legend – All of Me

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